Epona is a mid-sized asteroid whose orbit crosses the orbit of Earth. NASA JPL has classified Epona as a "Near Earth Asteroid" due to its orbit's proximity to Earth, but it is not considered potentially hazardous because computer simulations have not indicated any imminent likelihood of future collision.
Epona orbits the sun every 674 days (1.85 years), coming as close as 0.45 AU and reaching as far as 2.56 AU from the sun. Its orbit is highly elliptical. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, Epona is probably between 1.899 to 4.247 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, very roughly comparable in size to Mount Everest.
The rotation of Epona has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 2.38 hours.
Epona's orbit is 0.16 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that there is a wide berth between this asteroid and Earth at all times.
Epona has 3 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:
|Date||Distance from Earth (km)||Velocity (km/s)|
|Nov. 7, 2034||29,613,737||29.830|
|Oct. 31, 2119||29,855,163||23.319|
|Oct. 31, 2143||29,717,807||23.278|
Epona's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Nov. 30, 1986. It was last officially observed on Feb. 22, 2022. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 825 observations used to determine its orbit.
The position of Epona is indicated by a ◯ pink circle. Note that the object may not be in your current field of view. Use the controls below to adjust position, location, and time.
The above comparison is an artistic rendering that uses available data on the diameter of Epona to create an approximate landscape rendering with Mount Everest in the background. This approximation is built for full-resolution desktop browsers. Shape, color, and texture of asteroid are imagined.